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  • Three Ways to Carry Your License

    What is different with my hunting and fishing license for 2017?

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has revised its licensing procedure to create more options for hunters to get to the field quickly. This includes the creation of paper, electronic and plastic license options.

    • Paper – Any license may be purchased at a license vendor or online and printed on standard 8½” x 11” printer paper. Users may print as many copies as they wish to keep in their wallet, glove box, etc. Previously a replacement license, with a fee would have been required.
    • Electronic – Upon purchase from a vendor or online, a hunter or angler who has provided their email address can have an electronic (.pdf) file emailed to them. This may be saved on their phone (or used to print paper copies). The electronic copy may be used as proof of license purchase.
    • Plastic – Hunters and anglers who wish to upgrade their license to a more durable plastic card will soon be able to order one online or at a license vendor for an additional $3. The card will take approximately three weeks to arrive by mail after purchase.

    What happens if my phone battery dies or the paper license is damaged or unreadable?

    Wildlife Officers have the ability to look up a person’s license purchases in the field via radio if a person’s license is unreadable or their phone dies. They understand these sorts of issues are possible, but hunters should make the attempt to have these materials on their person while hunting.


    Where do I put my duck stamps if I choose the paper or electronic option?

    • Duck stamps DO NOT have to be affixed to your license to be valid.
    • State duck stamp purchases will be reflected in the codes on the license, so the physical stamp does not have to be carried on your person.
    • Federal duck stamps have to be signed in ink across the face of the stamp, and may be left on the original backing or placed anywhere it will be in your possession while hunting.
    • Federal duck stamps purchased electronically come with an electronic receipt code that can be used for 45 days after purchase as proof of your stamp. After 45 days, the physical stamp should have arrived by mail and should be carried.

    Any harvested wildlife transferred to another person must include the following information: Name of person who killed the game, species, quantity, person receiving the game, date of kill and check number (if it’s big game). A sample Transfer Tag is available on Page 29 of the 2017-18 Hunting Guidebook.

  • New Tagging Options

    How do I tag and check a deer, turkey, bear or elk?

    After successfully harvesting a deer, turkey, bear or elk, hunters have two options for tagging/checking:

    1. If you have a phone signal where you are hunting, you may immediately check your harvest by visiting www.agfc.com or calling 877-731-5627.
    2. If you do not have a phone signal, fill out a game tag written legibly in ink and attach it to the ear/antler of a deer, bear or elk, or the leg of a turkey. You may use a game tag from your license, Page 53 of the 2017-18 Hunting Guidebook, a courtesy tag provided at stores or a tag you have made yourself with the following information: Name, customer ID number, time and date of harvest, and zone of harvest.

    GAME TAGS ARE NOT REQUIRED ONCE THE ANIMAL HAS BEEN CHECKED AS LONG AS THE ANIMAL IS IN YOUR IMMEDIATE POSSESSION.


    What is required for identification at a deer camp, processor or taxidermist?

    Deer camps, processors and taxidermists must maintain records when storing all wildlife. All portions of each deer in storage must be labeled with the following information: Hunter name, customer identification number from license, address, date of harvest, species and game check number. A sample Carcass Identification Tag is available on Page 28 of the 2017-18 Hunting Guidebook.


    What is required if I want to give my deer to someone?

    Any harvested wildlife transferred to another person must include the following information: Name of person who killed the game, species, quantity, person receiving the game, date of kill and check number (if it’s big game). A sample Transfer Tag is available on Page 29 of the 2017-18 Hunting Guidebook.

  • General Use WMA Permits

    Who needs a General Use WMA Permit?

    Anyone 16 and older who is hunting or trapping on any wildlife management area must have a General Use WMA Permit code on their license. The permit is free. It is an extension of the former Sweet 16 Program.


    What is the General Use WMA Permit used for?

    The AGFC is using this permit to determine exactly how many people are using WMAs and will be able to survey them directly about the WMAs they hunt and their experiences and satisfaction on those WMAs. It does not extend any additional privileges to the hunter.

  • Nonresident Waterfowl WMA Permits

    What changes were made to permits for nonresidents hunting waterfowl on WMAs? (only required during regular duck season)

    The following changes were made for the 2017-18 waterfowl season:

    • The Annual Nonresident Waterfowl WMA Permit has been eliminated.
    • The price for the 5-day Nonresident Waterfowl WMA Permit has increased to $30.50.
    • Nonresidents may purchase up to six 5-day Nonresident Waterfowl WMA Permits per season.
    • Hunters must specify a single WMA the 5-day Nonresident Waterfowl WMA Permit will be valid for at the time of purchase.

  • Why is my Social Security Number required to purchase a hunting or fishing license?

    The collection of Social Security Numbers is a requirement mandated by the federal government and the Arkansas Legislature for the purpose of child support collection enforcement.

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